Cornetts and sackbuts

cornetts_and_sackbuts.jpgCornetts and sackbuts in Canterbury Cathedral at the Restoration (1660)

In May 1660, the monarchy was restored in England after the period of Cromwell’s Commonwealth. On his return from exile in France, King Charles II stopped overnight in Canterbury on his way from Dover to London and attended a service at Canterbury Cathedral. Only two of the twelve canons were still alive at the Restoration and new appointments had to be made but the Cathedral administration was soon up and running again and its liturgy and music were revived. Continue reading